Congress to decide on Karnataka Chief Minister today

The suspense over the new Karnataka chief minister has intensified with two hopefuls – state chief DK Shivakumar and senior leader Siddaramaiah – in New Delhi today to discuss the issue with the party’s national leadership.

Siddaramaiah reached Delhi yesterday evening, while Shivakumar is expected to arrive later today.

Shivakumar is locked in an intense power struggle with Siddaramaiah over who will lead the government, after the Congress stormed to power by winning 135 seats in the May 10 elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly.

Amid speculations about the number of MLAs supporting him and Siddaramaiah for the post, Shivakumar on Monday said his strength is 135, as it was under his leadership, the party won 135 seats.